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Water vs Sports Drinks

by Christy Taylor

When you start feeling dehydrated, what helps the most, water or sports drinks?
Experts say, WATER.

In fact, the average person does not need a sports drink to stay hydrated under normal circumstances.
Sports drinks can fuel the active muscles of endurance athletes.  The carbohydrates in sports drinks provide fuel in the form of added sugars.  But with over 68% of Americans currently overweight, our diet is clearly adequate in calories to fuel a 45-minute brisk walk daily.  We don’t need a sweetened beverage to help us make it around the block.

Studies by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest following these guidelines:

Drink WATER when:
•watching TV
•studying or working at a desk
•engaging in a 3 mile run or bike ride

Sports drinks are okay when:
•you're participating in intense activity for 1 hour or longer
•high intensity/volume training
•exercising in environmental extremes (high heat/humidity/dryness), high altitude exercise, etc.